IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Diet

As the name IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) itself suggests, it is very irritable. There are plenty of things you can do to take some of the irritability out of your bowels.

Do’s & Don’ts in IBS:

Do’s - Eat old rice, jawar, gourd, coriander leaves, lentil, green grams soup, black pepper, dried ginger, wood apple, Pomegranate, nutmeg, skimmed milk, buttermilk, hot water, complete rest, adequate sleep.

Don’ts - Eat wheat, maize, barley, pea, spiked dolichos, black gram, gram, Soya bean, saga, kidney bean, potato, sweet potato, onion, coconut, groundnut, chili, oily food, chicken, red meat, crabs, prawns, fish, leafy vegetable like sorrel, drum stick etc, mango, pineapple, apple, watermelon, cashew, pumpkin gourd, papaya, fig, jack fruit, excess milk, day sleep awakening at night, tension, suppression of urges before bed.

The line of action to heal IBS is broadly based on balancing Samana Vata and improving Koshtagni, the body's metabolism. The prescription is:
  • Deepan: increasing digestive power
  • Shodhan: purifying the body of physical and mental ama
  • Virechan: eliminating wastes
  • Langan: fasting to allow digestive fire to work on any remaining toxins
  • Paachan karma: rejuvenating the GI tract